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Let’s talk about something important: friendships. We all know that friendships often take a backseat in a world obsessed with romantic relationships, family bonds, and all things lovey-dovey — and it’s time to change that! The truth? Friendships are just as valuable as those romantic and family connections. And when friendships are done right, they nurture our soul, keep us in check, and let us never lose sight of our potential. So, how can we make our friendships extra special? By embracing some cozy platonic rituals.
Rituals are the little practices we embrace to add meaning, depth and that warm fuzzy feeling to our lives. When it comes to our pals, rituals are the secret sauce to long-term joy. To take your relationships from “we hang out sometimes” to “I can’t imagine life without you,” find some inspiration from a few good rituals:
Gifts are not reserved for birthdays and special occasions. Surprise your friends with thoughtful gifts to show them how much they mean to you. Random acts of kindness let your friends know you’re thinking of them and strengthen your bond.
Create a cozy and serene atmosphere during your get-togethers by lighting candles. The soft glow and soothing scents can evoke a sense of warmth and relaxation, making your time together even more special. This is perfect for a movie night or an intimate gathering with a few good friends.
Near or far, good friends hype us up. They are our cheerleaders and supporters. (Especially on those not-so-confident days!) Whether your bestie is long distance or just around the block, express your love and appreciation through heartfelt notes or letters. Share affirmations and memories as an act of gratitude or simply remind them of their worth. These written gestures of kindness can be cherished for years to come.
Movement is amazing for your mind, body, and soul. But getting started or being consistent can take a lot of work. Having a movement buddy for activities like yoga, dancing, or walking can keep you accountable and excited for movement. Physical activity promotes well-being and connection as you support and motivate each other on your wellness journeys.
Revive the nostalgia of childhood friendships with sentimental gifts like friendship bracelets or coloring books. These inner child moments are healing for everyone involved. Bonus? You and your buds can set aside adulthood and immerse yourself in the soulcare of child-like play.
Physical affection isn’t just for lovers. Touch plays a key role in how we communicate and process love. Among friends, hugging, holding hands, or cuddling convey comfort, support, and a sense of safety, further deepening your emotional connection. (Prepare your body for extra snuggles with the Body + Soul Ritual).
Go beyond surface-level chit-chat and engage in meaningful conversations. Discuss your dreams, fears, passions, and vulnerabilities. Opening up to one another fosters understanding, trust, and emotional intimacy. Start by exchanging affirmations and level up by sharing why you need them.
Nature is a healer and connector. Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life by spending time together in the sun (or rain). Visit a park, go for a hike, or have a picnic. Connecting with the natural world while enjoying each other’s company can create lasting memories and inner peace.
Embracing platonic rituals is essential in our journey to prioritize and nourish our friendships. By infusing our connections with thoughtful gestures, meaningful conversations, and shared experiences, we can deepen our bonds and experience true friendship. Even in our busiest seasons, let’s celebrate the beauty of platonic relationships, and together, we can create a culture that appreciates and values the transformative power of friendship.
We would love to hear from you! Which platonic rituals do you practice with your friends? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.